Statement by H.E. Ambassador Koro Bessho, at the Security Council Open Debate: “Addressing the impacts of climate related disasters on international peace and security”

(As delivered)
Mr. President,
I thank you for convening this debate. I also wish to thank the briefers for their valuable input.
Japan, during its presidency of the Security Council in December 2017, hosted a discussion addressing complex contemporary challenges, including climate change and natural hazards, to international peace and security.
As we stated in that discussion, in order for the Security Council to more effectively address complex challenges, the Council needs to increase its focus on the whole conflict cycle, namely preventing the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict.
At the same time, attention should also be paid to the fact that peace and security, development, and human rights, and humanitarian elements are closely interlinked.
Climate risks, including disasters, which can act as a “threat multiplier,” are increasing, among others in small island developing countries as well as least developing countries, while Japan itself experienced record torrential rain last July, as Dr. Kabat mentioned in his briefing. Now accordingly, the importance of adaptation measures is also increasing. From this perspective, Japan is leading the discussion on climate change adaptation within the G20 framework. We have also contributed directly to building societies that are resilient to climate-related risks through continuous assistance to developing countries, including through climate change impact assessments and climate risk information development.
Japan, itself a disaster prone country, has been committed to mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the international arena, including guiding the adoption of the Sendai Framework for DRR, as well as through various forms of tangible and intangible assistance made under the Sendai Cooperation Initiative on DRR.
What is most important in this context is that each government makes disaster relief, disaster risk reduction a policy priority, introduces the DRR perspective into all development policy, and expand investment in this area.
Collective efforts under such policies, including continued discussion, resource mobilization, and planning and implementing measures addressing emerging risks, can lead to the realization of a resilient society.
We believe these efforts as supported by global awareness on DRR can eventually contribute to international peace and security. In this regard, we welcome today’s debate and let me express our continued commitment to contribute to the discussion on these related issues, including at the UN, in a positive and constructive manner.
I thank you, Mr. President.